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House Bill 2’s uncertain impact on November elections

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – If social media accounts and responses to media questions are any indication, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory wants to distance himself from House Bill 2. His Democratic opponent in the November election, Attorney General Roy Cooper, seems OK keeping it in the forefront of voters’…

Like actors, putting ourselves in the shoes of others

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How hard is it for a white person to really understand the black experience well enough not to get into trouble when speaking about hot-button matters of community concern? Ask Hillary Clinton. Or ask her husband, the former president. Both have spent their lives working to…

OUR VIEW — City shakes up BCD

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The members of Lincolnton’s City Council claim to want to see the city grow, but a vote on Thursday to make dramatic changes to the Business and Community Development department could have the opposite effect. Council members voted to split up director Vicki Davis and events and marketing coordinator Abby…

How to beat the FDA

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — As recent controversies in North Carolina and elsewhere have established, political debate is only partially about facts, principles, and logic. Effective politicians also think carefully about the words they use and the stories they tell with them. Some of my favorite examples come from…

EDITOR’S NOTE — More Clinton hypocrisy

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Can we stop pretending that Hillary Clinton is the candidate of the downtrodden and the persecuted yet? This shouldn’t be news to anyone who has been paying attention to Clinton’s actual record, rather than just her campaign rhetoric. Clinton has supported trade policies that have sent American jobs overseas. She’s…

School choice is now mainstream

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When I first advocated the idea of parental choice in elementary and secondary education, it was considered by many to be a radical notion. It shouldn’t have been. For decades, American students and their families have been free to choose among public and private colleges —…

Rule by unelected bureaucrat

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist President Barack Obama opened the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House this year by saying it was a bittersweet moment: it would be his last time hosting it. The term “Easter egg” is also used to indicate little surprises hidden on a website or…

A hen in the fox house

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist When a hen gets into the fox house, it’s difficult to imagine things turning out well for the hen. Chris Sgro is the hen. The fox house is the Republican-controlled General Assembly. In recent years, Sgro, 33, has been executive director and a lobbyist for Equality…

GUEST VIEW — Yet to be seen if Medicaid errors were anomaly

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The state Department of Health and Human Services last year processed 127 million claims for payment through the federal/state health care plan for the poor and disabled, and the claims were for a staggering $11 billion. A state audit concluded that about $835 million was improperly paid to providers. That…

Reader’s Forum — Let’s stop discrimination

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Let’s stop discrimination Ever since the N.C. General Assembly passed HB2, the LGBTQ supporters have screamed discrimination. To read the news sources, electronic and print (including an LTN editorial), HB2 is blatant discrimination . Their consistent claim is that the General Assembly is controlled by bible-thumping homophobes. As to the…